These old shops with storage rooms in Skipton town centre were in desperate need of modernisation. We undertook a complete renovation project: staircases were opened up, walls were moved to maximise the available space, the cellar rooms were made usable again, and an extension was added to the back of the building. All the work was sympathetic to the building’s roots and originally features were carefully restored. It is now home to three businesses, each with their own separate access.
PROFESSIONAL PARTNER: Rural Solutions
A prestigious renovation and restoration project on Skipton High street to create Alexander’s Bar and Restaurant for the PEEL Entertainment Group. This involved the renovation, restoration and conversion of a Grade II listed Georgian former shop and cafe into a sophisticated bar and restaurant with stunning outside terraces and a secret garden in just six months.The project was complex – a complete renovation of a listed building on a site with restricted access to a tight schedule. Project logistics were demanding due to the High Street location and land locked rear garden. This required a proactive and innovative approach, including the use of a ‘spider crane’ and canal barge; using the canal for its original purpose to transport goods and materials. The internal fit out was complex and extensive including significant structural alterations, completely new M&E and quality finishes throughout the building. As master contractor Sutcliffe hired and managed all local subcontractors. A great shop window for Sutcliffe’s ability to work on very challenging sites and create finishes of the highest quality.
This was phase two of a design and build project for Peter Watson’s, a popular garage in Skipton. It consisted of redevelopment to create a 4,300 sqft extension to house additional workshop bays for repairs and MOT inspections. Phase one was completed in 2015 and Phase two in 2017. The project was carefully phased to enable continued use and access to the garage during demolition and construction on the site. Challenges included planning and building around existing services and drains – which had to be temporarily isolated – and the close proximity of the general public and newly painted cars to the construction site.
With its 6,000 plus product range, this award-winning Yorkshire landscaping company needed exceptional retail, warehouse and distribution facilities to showcase and market its products. This was an essential component of the £2.5 million redevelopment of a 10-acre brownfield site to create a new home for Green-tech and its 60 staff. The well-planned development maximises the use of space and creates an environmentally friendly, attractive retail setting for customers. The project involved demolishing existing buildings and constructing seven new buildings: retail units and three warehouses as well as commercial space including a head-office for Green-tech and two building comprising seven serviced offices for rental. The site combines mixed styles and materials from single skin and cedar cladding to masonry. Architect: Lawrence Hannah Architects.